Last month, the new Hudson Yards station on the 7 line opened to the public. It the first new train station on the NYC subway system since 1989. I had a chance to use it this past weekend to get to the Jacob Javits Center for NYCC (New York Comic Con). I have to say I was unimpressed by the new station. It’s very bland, with the only color being an overhead mosaic at the entrance/exit & the plants of the surprisingly aesthetically pleasing “green space.” I guess they used some inspiration from the nearby High Line, which happens to be one of my favorite places in the city.
Riding into the station from Times Square-42nd St, you can hear & feel a difference in the train. You feel like you’re going through a time-warp tunnel & you’re hearing time pass by. There are lights at close intervals throughout the expanded tunnel, making you feel like you’re in a twilight zone. The platform is wider than any station I’ve been to, which accommodate the extra-wide staircases well. To enter/leave the station you can use several STEEP escalators (watch out those who suffer from vertigo, fear of heights, etc.) or use the incline elevator, which I have yet to use. I really feel they should’ve placed a mosaic mural on the wall behind the elevator, instead of the bare concrete wall.
It will be interesting to see how the station use progresses. It’s definitely convenient for those going to shows & conferenes at the Jacob Javits Center or to the High Line without the 20 minute crosstown walk. Bolt Bus & Mega Bus users will also appreciate its proximity to the bus stops. I know my sister, KM, would’ve loved it when we went to Baltimore in late January, lol. The only down side is its only serviced by the 7 train which you’ll have to catch at Times Square. Maybe in the future they’ll add a connection to Penn Station.
Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.